The Chrysler Building, located at 405 Lexington Avenue, was completed in 1930. Upon its completion, it became the first building to rise higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Within a few months, however, that honor went to the Empire State Building, which rose above both the Chrysler Building and the Eiffel Tower (not to mention a lot of other buildings in New York City, the country, and the world-at least at that time).
The Chrysler Building is named for Walter Chrysler-yes, he of the Chrysler automotive industry fame. He commissioned its building to honor the success that he achieved in this field.
Where it is
As mentioned earlier, the Chrysler Building is located at 405 Lexington Avenue in New York City. Lexington Avenue is home to some of New York City's most famous shopping venues, including Bloomingdales, and it is also close to 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Once you've arrived on Lexington Avenue, you want your first stop to be the Chrysler Building. After that, you can decide where to go from there on Lexington Avenue.
How to get there
You can drive to Lexington Avenue, but remember that like most other places in Manhattan parking is at a premium. If you do find a parking garage or lot, the price may be pretty steep. Why not take advantage of public transportation, such as the subway or a bus? Think about it-you'll not only be riding with other tourists but also with New York City residents. You can really get a feel for the City by riding the bus or subway.
If you want to see if all the talk about New York City cab drivers is true, take a cab and find out for yourself. You'll probably find that anything you've heard is grossly over-exaggerated, and come away with a new respect and appreciation for these hard-working citizens.
What to see
Unless you have an appointment at the dentist office that is located on one of the top floors of the Chrysler Building or with one of the corporate offices located on the upper and lower floors, the only area you'll be allowed to enter is the public lobby. That's all right, though, because it is beautifully decorated.
The outside of the building is attractive in its own right. There are actually sculptures of cars built right into the building's edifice itself. For a better view of the entire outside of the building, walk across the street.
What it costs
It doesn't cost anything to enter the Chrysler Building lobby, because it is public access. However, security is very tight, so don't try to "sneak" past the security guards just to get to a higher floor. It's not worth the fine you might have to pay for trespassing or whatever other law you break for trying to do so.